Volume 4 Number 160 Mon. November 03, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Chopper downed in Iraq, 15 GIs killed
At least 15 American soldiers were killed and 21 wounded after a US helicopter was shot down in Fallujah in the bloodiest single strike on US-led forces since they invaded Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Intelligence agencies asked to watch cops
The home ministry has instructed inter-departmental intelligence agencies to monitor police activities in Dhaka and other major cities in the wake of their increasing involvement in extortion and other
 arrow Dhaka, Colombo to sign FTA next year
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka yesterday agreed to ink a free trade agreement (FTA) next year to be effective from the day of signing.

"I see no major difficulty in the negotiation.

 arrow War heroes denied justice 28 yrs after death
The nation pays homage to four independence war heroes today, marking their 28th death anniversary amid frustration over the slow pace of the Jail Killing Case trial.
 arrow Price situation remains unchanged
Prices of some essentials at city's kitchen markets fell slightly yesterday, but the prices in general remained more or less as of Saturday.
 arrow Jamal's family meets PM tomorrow
The wife and two children of abducted Chittagong businessman Jamaluddin Ahmed Chowdhury have been given an appointment with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at 2:00pm tomorrow.
 arrow Mashrafee might be fit in a week
Injured fast bowler Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza returned to Chittagong last evening after having a second MRI done at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Body formed to frame anti-land grab laws
The government, pegging land-grab as a national problem, yesterday formed a high-powered 11-member secretarial committee to prepare recommendations for formulation of tougher laws to check the menace.
 arrow Enact freedom of information law
A two-day conference of editors and working journalists of Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries concluded here yesterday with a set of recommendations including a call for
 arrow Bush's popularity slips over Iraq policy
US President Bush is losing public support for his war and economic policies, according to a new poll which for the first time shows that a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of Iraq.
 arrow Anomalies rule DU hall seat allotment
Resident students of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University have accused the authorities of irregularities in seat allotment and demanded immediate fresh allocations basing on their merit and seniority.
 arrow Mob beats up 5 muggers in Khilgaon
A mob yesterday beat up five alleged snatchers including a CNG autorickshaw driver at Malibagh in Khilgaon, leaving all seriously injured.
 arrow Thousands protest journalist's arrest in Rajshahi
Several hundred people, including journalists, demonstrated in Shaheb Bazar and court areas in Rajshahi yesterday in protest against the arrest of photojournalist Selim Zahangir.
 arrow Invest in Bangladesh
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged Chinese entrepreneurs to come forward to invest in Bangladesh by capitalising the existing congenial business climate.
 arrow Mobile courts at Aminbazar, Tongi to stop extortion
A meeting on law and order yesterday cited obstruction of vehicles by extortionists for illegal toll collection as the reason for an intolerable traffic build-up at Aminbazar and Tongi.
 arrow Postal deptt to aid file EDV lottery forms
Bangladesh postal department has decided to help aspirants for the Electronic Diversity Visa (EDV) lottery of USA by filing forms digitally.
 arrow HC ruling on case against Sayedee today
The High Court Division will pass its ruling today on a contempt petition concluded yesterday against Delwar Hossain Sayedee, lawmaker of the Jamaat-e-Islami.
 arrow Biman cancels fare hike on Barisal route
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has postponed its newly increased fare on Dhaka-Barisal route after a meeting between the lawmakers of the region and a state minister on Saturday.
 arrow Of men, beards and moustaches
Sporting plunging Fu-Manchus, rapier-like Van Dykes, and bushy belly-warming beards, more than 130 of the world's most hirsute men paraded down a catwalk here Saturday in the sixth World Beard and Moustache
 arrow Coastguard seizes Tk 92 lakh Indian sarees
Coastguard yesterday recovered smuggled Indian sarees said to be worth about Tk 92 lakh from Bhatiari under Sitakunda.
 arrow Riots claim four in India over cricket match
Communal clashes broke out near Ahmedabad early on Sunday, killing at least four people and injuring some 40 others, sources said.
 arrow Meghna pirates loot 100 trawlers
Pirates looted more than 100 trawlers in the Meghna river estuary of

Manpura, Tazumuddin, Daulatkhan of Bhola and Dhal Char of Noakhali in last two days.

 arrow National Voluntary Blood Donation and Posthumous Eye Donation Day

 arrow Step up cooperatives movement to reduce poverty: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called for concerted efforts to strengthen the cooperatives movement, saying that it can play an important role in alleviating poverty and
 arrow Arrest warrant issued against Jugantor owner, editor, publisher
A court yesterday issued a warrant for arrest of the owner, editor and publisher of daily Jugantor in connection with a defamation case filed by Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas.
 arrow Fresh cops take over Khilgaon station
A new contingent of police yesterday joined Khilgaon Police Station, following withdrawal of its 77 staff Saturday.
Businessarrow Private sector to take over power distribution gradually
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood yesterday said the government will gradually hand over entire power distribution system to private sector to bring down systems loss.
 arrow SEC to protect interest of small investors
Putting emphasis on protecting interests of small investors the newly appointed Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mirza Azizul Islam, said such investors need to be encouraged to revitalise
 arrow Exports from EPZs fetch $1.2b in FY03
Exports from the country's Export Processing Zones (EPZs) fetched 1.20 billion US dollars during the 2002-2003 fiscal year.
 arrow Fixed phones in private sector shortly
To meet the growing demand of fixed phones Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will grant licence to private sector companies shortly, BTRC chairman Syed Marghub Murshed said yesterday.
 arrow Shambhuganj Jute Mill goes to private hands
Shambhuganj Jute Mill, which was laid off 10 years ago, has been transferred to private ownership under the government's ongoing denationalisation programme.
 arrow Dollar strong against taka
The US dollar remained strong against the Bangladesh taka yesterday in dull inter-bank trading as the demand for the US unit was strong from importers and traders, dealers said.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate was steady in inter-bank money market yesterday amid low money demand from private sector, fund managers said.

The rate touched to its intra-high high at 5.

 arrow Bank Asia, BIFC sign Tk 50m lease financing loan agreement
Bank Asia Limited and Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company Limited (BIFC) signed a Tk 50 million lease financing loan agreement.
 arrow Europe, Asia roll out red carpet for Indian firms
Hit by a wave of IT outsourcing, European and Asian trade missions vied with one another at a technology fair here Sunday to lure Indian firms to open offices in their countries to arrest the flight of
 arrow Singapore PM warns of trade struggle
Asia should create a free trade zone but must also reach out to other regions to avoid an Orwellian struggle for global economic supremacy, Singapore's Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said on Sunday.
 arrow Europe hopes to hang on coat-tails of US growth
Europe could benefit from confidence spread by spectacular recovery of the US economy, but the eurozone is being held back by the strength of the euro and limits on state spending, economists say.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ctg wicket an eye-opener
After an exceptional run of consistent fighting performances for four Tests in a row, Bangladesh came down with a thump against England in the second Test here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Much ado about Ashraful
Mystery shrouds Mohammad Ashraful's inclusion in the playing eleven of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Development Squad for the limited-overs practice match against visiting England at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Quick Aussie revenge
Damien Martyn cracked a responsible 100 in difficult conditions as world champions Australia whipped India by 77 runs in a TVS Cup triangular one-day cricket series match here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: BD U-19s lose again
Bangladesh succumbed to their second successive defeat in the four-nation Videocon Asian Under-19 Cricket Tournament when high flying Sri Lanka beat them by eight wickets at the National Stadium in Karachi
 arrow Cricket: Cairns boost for Kiwis
Chris Cairns returns for New Zealand on Monday as they aim to avenge a crushing loss to Australia in the fifth game of the TVS Cup one-day tri-series.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke Ponting's man
Australia captain Ricky Ponting singled out young Michael Clarke who fulfilled his own predictions to set up his team's 77-run victory against India in the TVS Cup one-day tri-series on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Under-20 team move forward
Bangladesh Under-20 football team celebrated their inclusion in the Tibet 19th Federation Cup football tournament qualifiers with a 2-0 win over Mahakhali Ekadash at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Chess: Minakshee, Ganguly champs
Indian Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly emerged unbeaten champion in the Asian Zonal Chess Championship men's group with a win over Sri Lankan Svothayan in the 11th and final round at the NSC conference
 arrow Tennis: Henman stuns Roddick
Britain's Tim Henman spiked the heavy artillery of newly-crowned world number one Andy Roddick here on Saturday to storm into the final of the 2.
 arrow Football: Deadly Ronaldo
Two goals from Ronaldo on Saturday helped give Real Madrid a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao and put them on top of the Spanish First Division after Deportivo La Coruna could only draw 0-0 at struggling
 arrow Football: Arsenal blow Leeds away
Arsenal hammered Leeds United 4-1 on Saturday to stay top of the English Premier League but there was no let-up in the pressure as champions Manchester United and title rivals Chelsea both clocked upvictories.
 arrow Football: Honours even in Milan
A spectacular volley from Marco Di Vaio six minutes from time rescued a point for Juventus as the Italian title-holders snatched a 1-1 draw away to championship rivals AC Milan on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Abramovich the richest
The Russian businessman who bought Premier League football club Chelsea earlier this year has been named as Britain's highest paid person.
 arrow Ugly cricket!
Three people were killed and 35 injured Sunday in Hindu-Muslim violence set off by a dispute over a children's cricket match in the riot-torn western Indian state of Gujarat, officials said.
Politicalarrow Chief whip files Tk 100cr suit against 13 AL top men
Chief Whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday filed a Tk 100 crore defamation suit against 13 central Awami League (AL) leaders for including his and his son's name on a list of "101 BNP godfathers" with
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh welcomes fresh Indo-Pak moves
Bangladesh yesterday welcomed the fresh moves by India and Pakistan towards normalising relations between the two nuclear rivals, with a hope that peace would be restored reducing the tensions in theregion.
Nationalarrow Robbery spree in Khulna during joint operation
Forty-three incidents of robbery took place in 12 days in Khulna including the city amid the ongoing anti-crime operation by joint forces.
 arrow 12 more die of diarrhoea in B'baria, Sherpur
Twelve people died of diarrhoea and over 250 have been attacked with the disease in Brahmanbaria and Sherpur districts in the last five days.
 arrow Kadianis face trouble in Kushtia village
The Kadiani families who fled homes in remote Uttarbhabanipur village on October 24 and were living in Kushtia town secretly are returning homes following meetings between the district administrationand
 arrow Abducted bride rescued in 3 hours
Police rescued a newly married bride within three hours of her abduction on the marriage night.

Police also arrested one of the abductors.

Suma Akter Ranju was married to Israfil on Friday night.

 arrow 2 Jubo Dal activists arrested in Khulna
Police on Saturday arrested two activists of Jubo Dal suspecting their involvement in bomb attack on a posh residential hotel in the city.

They are Tareq and Noor-e-Alam.

 arrow Three get 3 yrs RI for attacking Jamaat Amir
Three persons have been sentenced to three years' RI for attacking city Amir of Jamat-e-Islami and member-secretary of the district Four Party Alliance Hafij Abdul Hai Harun.
 arrow Five face corruption cases in Feni, Rajshahi
Five persons were sued by the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) in Rajshahi and Feni recently.
 arrow BM College hostel super, asst super resign
The superintendent and the assistant superintendent of Flight Sergeant Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall of Government BM College have resigned.
 arrow Notorious outlaw Dipu held
Kushtia police arrested Dipu, a ringleader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from in front of Kushtia district jail Wednesday night.
 arrow 2 pirates injured in gunfight, caught
Two pirates including the chief of Tiger Bahini, a notorious gang, were bullet-hit in a gunfight with a rival gang on the Arpangashia river in the Sundarbans on Thursday.
Culturearrow Upcoming sensation
Quite a familiar face this young man can be referred to as the country's newest sensation. His big almond eyes, coupled with his fiery mind and a creative nature, Jeetu Ahsan speaks right from his heart.
 arrow Superb book, Safiuddin Ahmed, sees the light of day
One wonders why a local well-known columnist must shelter behind the nom de plume of Mahmud Al Zaman for his illustrated biography of Safiuddin Ahmed, the oldest Bangladeshi living artist.
 arrow Two monthlies hit the stand
The Bengal Foundation media concern has come up with two 'lifestyle' monthlies--ICE Today in English and Charbela Chardik in the vernacular.
 arrow Amitabh Bachchan gets Satyajit Ray lifetime achievement award
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan was on Saturday night honoured with the prestigious Satyajit Ray lifetime achievement award by the Bengal Film Journalists' Association.
Generalarrow Remove misunderstanding, mistrust among South Asian countries
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday called for removing "misunderstanding and mistrust" among the countries in South Asia for fostering meaningful cooperation to ensure welfare of people in theregion.
 arrow BNP faction enforces road blockade in Bandarban today
A faction of the Bandarban BNP will enforce a daylong road blockade today protesting alleged irregularities in the primary teachers' recruitment examination.
 arrow Prize giving ceremony of Nido-Shaptahik 2000 contest
The prize giving ceremony of 'Nido-Shaptahik 2000 Golpo Lekho Golpo Jeto' competition was held at the Russian Cultural Centre in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow FM leaves for Germany today
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves Dhaka today on a two-day visit to Germany.
 arrow 3 new DCs appointed
The government yesterday appointed three new deputy commissioners in Sherpur, Brahmanbaria and Shariatpur districts.
 arrow Forest official accused of fund fraud
A contractor accused a forest official at a press conference in Dhaka yesterday of embezzling his bills through forged documents and threatening him with death.
 arrow HC stays public procurement rule for 3 months
The High Court Division yesterday stayed the effectiveness of the Public Procurement Regulations, 2003, for three months.
 arrow 1 held for 'killing'
Mohammadpur police yesterday arrested one person for his alleged involvement with the killing of businessman Mizanur Rahman Minu on Saturday night.
 arrow Eid shopper raped at Pallabi market
Three miscreants raped a housewife in front of her husband at Nannu market in Pallabi Saturday night.

Police said the couple went to the market for Eid shopping.

Internationalarrow Iraq's neighbours ask US to restore security
Arab, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers denounced terrorist groups operating in Iraq and urged US-led forces to restore security and stability there, according to a draft communique obtained yesterday
 arrow Pakistan to sign nuclear plant deal in China
Pakistan is expected to finalise a deal with China for the construction of a nuclear power plant, officials said Sunday, the second such plant to be built with the help of Beijing.
 arrow Advani disappointed at Pak response
Terming as "very disappointing" Pakistan's response to India's fresh peace initiative, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani yesterday said there was "no evidence of sincerity" on Islamabad's part in stopping
 arrow Woman rams car into arena at Bush rally
A woman rammed a car carrying children into a building where President Bush was campaigning on Saturday, drawing a swarm of police in her wake before being dragged away at gunpoint.
 arrow Musharraf invokes benefits of peace & cooperation
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday said economic cooperation was the key to Asia's development, but observed that tensions in South Asia and instability in Afghanistan adversely affected such
 arrow Lankan Muslims to offer counter peace plan
Sri Lanka's minority Muslims are preparing their own peace plan in response to an historic power-sharing proposal offered by Tamil Tiger rebels, the main Muslim party here said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Abduction handling failure
As the abduction tale concerning Chittagong business magnate Jamaluddin Ahmed spun into more-than-a-hundred-day saga, newer incidents of kidnapping have occurred in the port city.
 arrow Editorial: Jail Killing Day
The killings of four national leaders in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975, is a festering wound on our body politic which continues to baffle those who believe in the rule of law.
 arrow Jail killing in retrospect
The killing of four national leaders in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975 was the last ditch attempt to mop up the military operation by the disgruntled officers involved in the August 15 coup.
 arrow Lest we forget
The life-sketches of four national leaders -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain M Mansur Ali and A H M Kamruzzaman -- are given below:

Syed Nazrul Islam

Syed Nazrul Islam was born

 arrow Social paths of economic development
Achieving respectable living is a goal universally acclaimed. This is truer for a country like Bangladesh beset with chronic poverty. The question is how to go about it.
Letters to Editorarrow Wrong priorities beset the nation
Looking at the world around us, sometimes we are shocked to see the gaps in between people. We live on the same planet and we are pretty much aware of what is happening on the other side.
 arrow PM's intervention needed to save wildlife
Almost every day as we open the pages of The Daily Star, we come across some sad news or photograph about the plight of our wildlife.
 arrow Mahathir is irreplaceable
Many of the Malyasians will remain speechless for a while before replying if asked as to what is his or her feeling about the retirement of Dr. Mahathir.
 arrow Price hike: hold the rot
The government lawmakers' surprise and bickering over the unbridled spiralling of prices of essential consumer goods since the beginning of the Holy Ramadan, is shocking.
 arrow Ramadan and rising prices
In this holy month of Ramadan, people have once again become the victims of unscrupulous greed of some vested quarters.
 arrow Stop killing tigers, for God's sake
One more Royal Bengal tiger, the national animal of Bangladesh, was killed recently in Bagerhat district (DS: 20-10-03).
 arrow Protesting Mahathir's comments
I protest against Mr. Mahatir's comments regarding Jews in the OIC and APEC conference. I can comprehend why he and rest of the Muslim Ummah condemn Israel's Palestine policy.
 arrow Fear of a Jewish planet
The OIC speech is not Mahathir's first brush with anti-Semitism. In "The Malay Dilemma," published in 1970, he wrote: "The Jews for example are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively.
 arrow Mahathir's words of wisdom
Wise people are wise because they know things that are not known to others. This knowledge does not just come to them. They search for it and learn. They keep an open mind and let things come in.
 arrow Build overhead railway
We are glad that the government is taking initiatives to build a bypass railway from ZIA to Kamalapur railway station. This was a long-awaited measure that should have been taken up by the previous governments.
 arrow Campus violence shows disrespect to nation
A university is the highest seat of learning. It's a place where people go to enhance and complete their education; where people go in as semi-educated and come out fully educated.
 arrow Bravo! our Editors
Both in the vernacular and in the English, most of our editors are doing commendable jobs in trying to devise a road map embedded with goodwill, tolerance, virtues of true leadership -- exposing good,
 arrow My take on war on terror
I have some comments on the letter titled 'My take on war on terror.' It was not clear what is the identity of S.
 arrow "On Mahathir and Hitler"
This letter refers to the letter titled "On Mahathir and Hitler"(Mahmood Elahi, Canada) that was published in this section of your newspaper on 29/10/03.

I think Mr.

Focusarrow Burning garbage for power generation: Playing with a deadly hazard
Recently, the national newspapers reported on a proposal where some 30 MW (megawatt) power will be produced daily by burning municipal garbage.
 arrow Ensuring quality control and safety during construction
Quality control and safety represent increasingly important concerns for project managers. Defects or failures in constructed facilities can result in huge costs.
 arrow Earthquake: Prediction and measures
Face of the earth is changing through geological processes, sea floor spreading and plate tectonics. Earthquake is the outcome of such geological processes.
Star Cityarrow A treasure in dire need of rescue
The historic Bangla Academy Library lacks space and equipment to shelve and preserve more than one lakh precious documents and books.
 arrow All praises but no purse
Despite having talent and expertise to finish successful projects of making fabulous cars out of junky oldies, Leepu, the limousine maker of Bangladesh, is yet to be patronised by entrepreneurs.
 arrow Buriganga hits a new pollution high
Pollution in the Buriganga river has picked up an alarming pace in recent years with the dissolved oxygen (DO) level falling below the acceptable level in winter.
 arrow Pre-paid tax for hosting over 150
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has introduced a prepaid tax system for hosts treating more than 150 guests in a public place or community centre at a time.
 arrow Do something exciting
Book readers, this opportunity is for you. Dalchhut an adventure magazine is organising a book reading competition for school goers. Enter the competition and win trips to Nijhum or St.
 arrow Move for equal airfare for all Hajj pilgrims
A move is underway to equal airfare for both ballotee and non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims from next year.
 arrow The Annual Ordeal

 arrow Iftar-Hour Rush